Many of my friends have bucket lists, either written down or in their heads, of things that they want to do before they die.

But what about a literary bucket list? I was surprised to find out that many people already have one of those also.

That’s why I decided this week to create my own literary bucket list—a list of the books that I still want to read this year (a lifetime list would be too long). Of course, I’ll keep adding titles to it along the way since my reading average is about 50 books/year.

Here’s my list so far:

1. Peyton Place by Grace Metalius – I’ve just started this book—a 1956 paperback version, pages yellowed, bought in a used bookstore for $2. I can’t believe that it has taken me so long to read this particular novel. So far I have mixed feelings about what I think of it.
2. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – I’ve read many Steinbeck novels (loved them all), but not this one yet. It’s about time, don’t you think?
3. John Steinbeck Working Days-The Journals of the Grapes of Wrath edited by Robert DeMott (NF) – Found this recently in a bookstore and will read it along with Grapes of Wrath. It’ll be interesting to know more about what Steinbeck was thinking when he wrote the novel.
4. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (NF) – This one was recommended by a friend who enjoyed it while she was in Paris. She said that I would enjoy it also since Hemingway references his writing life and the writing process in it.
5. As We Are Now by May Sarton – The author made her homestead for a while in Nelson, NH and is now buried there (died in 1995). She wrote 50+ books, as well as many poems. This particular novel is about an old woman trying to keep alive in a nursing home. It sounded very interesting to me, so I bought it recently at another used bookstore.
6. Here, There and Otherwhere by Phyl Manning (NF) – This is a collection of the author’s experiences traveling and working in some “extraordinary places.” I am currently reading and enjoying it. (Published by Briona Glen Publishing)
7. Arctic Circle by Phyl Manning – Another book by Phyl recently released by Briona Glen Publishing. I just received it in the mail today from Amazon. It’s a historical fiction filled with lots of adventure. Sounds like a great read!
8. The SweetGum Ladies Knit for Love by Beth Pattillo – This is the second novel in a series about the Sweetgum Knit Lit Society. FYI – I enjoy knitting novels of all kinds. (I also enjoy knitting.)
9. A Born Maniac, or Puddle’s Progress by Ruth Doan MacDougall – This is the 4th sequel to The Cheerleader series by this NH author. I’ve read and enjoyed all of the others in the series.
10. Finding Sara by Nancy DeMarco – This is available now as an e-book and will be available any day now in trade paperback. I read the first few chapters at Amazon since I don’t have an e-reader yet and now I’m waiting for the print version to purchase. The chapters that I did read grabbed my interest right from the start. This is another great Briona Glen Publishing book.
11. The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler – Anne Tyler is my all-time favorite fiction author. I just love all of her novels, along with all of the quirky characters in them. I am thrilled that there is a new one out and I have to get it!
12. Following Atticus, Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and An Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan (NF) – Everyone that I know that has read this book so far has enjoyed it. It is about the adventures of the author and his small dog as they hike through the NH mountains.
13. Fortune’s Rock by Anita Shreve – This will be the third novel that I will have read by this author who has also become a favorite of mine.
14. On a Wing and a Dare by Linda Ulleseit – This Briona Glen Publishing title has not been released yet, but will be available in the very near future. It’s a YA fiction novel and I’m looking forward to reading it.
15. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James – Okay, I had include this one since I keep hearing about it. This “sizzler” is actually a trilogy and has peaked my interest. I’m curious to find out what all the hype is about. It’s not usually what I tend to read, but, hey, why not check it out?

Okay, that’s the list for now. Any suggestions as to what else to add?

Current Briona Glen Publishing authors: Dale T. Phillips, Donald Michael Platt, Deborah Monk, Ann Everett, Phyl Manning, Nancy DeMarco, Linda Ulleseit and Catherine Dougherty (me!). I’ve purchased and read all of the trade paperback books that they’ve released so far and have enjoyed every one of them.

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